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How to network better starts with a thousand words.

Yesterday at my weekly BNI meeting, bright and early at 7:30am.  One of our members, “Andrew Jones”, did his stellar education minutes where he provides tips and insight on how to network better.

This particular tip really resonated with me.  It’s a simple yet, powerful strategy that will add a memorable and emotional touch to your future meetings and follow up emails.

Everyone has had a meeting where both parties meet, chat, grab a pint or coffee. Depending on how the meeting goes, there will be a follow up email saying thanks.  Emails themselves are just strings of text that don’t always do a very good job of expressing thanks or how much we have enjoyed connecting with someone.

How about adding a picture or video?

During one of Andrew’s recent meeting with a friend from Silicon Valley did just that.  While Andrew and his associate were conversing, the former asked the server to take a picture of them together.  Quite unusual for a first meeting, you would think so right?  

After that meeting the associate then wrote a follow up email with that image attached at the bottom of the email saying thanks. 

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What this did was two things.  

1.  It made the meeting memorable because there’s face and a place for your brain to associate with.
It made the meeting very personal; I’ve not met anyone else who’ve done this before.

2.  So next time you are in a meeting or following up with a client, friend, or prospect add a personal touch by adding that photo together or even try communicating with a short video clip saying thanks and how much you enjoyed connecting.

For more tips and insight from Andrew Jones a.k.a “Andrew the Executive Coach”.  Connect with him at www.andrewtheexecutivecoach.com.

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